Sunday, March 25, 2018

President Eyring shared a personal experience which prompted him to do the following; (see reference at end of quote for full story)
“I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: ‘Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?’” (Henry B. Eyring, “O Remember, Remember,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2007, 66–67

Wanting to begin that same commitment in my life, I want to share the following;
Last night we John received a call from Logan, who shared his baseball experience of the day with his father.
#1. That our son would care enough to call and share his triumphs and his defeats, who cares enough to keep in contact with his parents.
#2. I have increased my prayers that Logan may have the insight and inspiration how to become an even better coach, how to help his players/athletes reach their full potential. I also have prayed that he will have the inspiration to know what to do at any given moment to help manufacture runs. The year thus far, has been a very good year for the team, including last night as they beat an nationally ranked team, again. They lost the first game by one run after keepimg a 4-0 lead for most of the game. Logan gave some inspiring words to his players and they went on to win the next game (same opponent from the first game) 2-0. What an incredible win! I know the Lord is blessings Logan in his efforts as a coach, a father and a servant.
#3. FaceTiming is a gift from the Lor who allowed us to visit with Stefani, who also keeps in close touch with her parents.
#4 I spent the day with My mommy, Sisters Carol and Ruthy. How I love my sisters and Mother!
Seeing my children and family is seeing the Lords hand in my life, because family is everything!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Behold, I have given unto you the names...

Helaman 5:5 For they remembered the words which their father Helaman spake unto them. And these are the words which he spake:
6 Behold, my sons, I desire that ye should remember to keep the commandments of God; and I would that ye should declare unto the people these words. Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first parents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were good.
7 Therefore, my sons, I would that ye should do that which is good, that it may be said of you, and also written, even as it has been said and written of them.

Even if we don’t know why or who we were named after, we can take this passage of scripture and as a baptized member of Jesus Christ’s church, we can apply the principle to He, whose name we have taken upon us. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

When That Day Comes... What Will You Choose?

I have come across some drafts that were never published, so in an effort to update my blog I am now publishing them.

Yesterday for the opening Hymn in our Saturday night session of stake conference we sang hymn 58; Come Ye Children of the Lord. Upon singing the words in the second verse; Oh, what songs we then will sing to our Savior Lord and King" I began to ponder what song, if given the opportunity, would I sing at that great and perfect moment? Though, unable to fully comprehend that moment, thanks to the righteous artists both past and present, I can express my feelings through hymns. Many come to mind, I Stand All Amazed, I Know That my Redeemer Lives but in the end the one that I feel may come closest to expressing my anticipated emotions is Hymn 86 How Great Thou Art. I have taken some liberties to change the tense, in thought for that millennial day.

Oh, Lord My God, I have in awesome wonder, considered all the worlds Thy hands have made.
I've seen the stars, I've heard the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Now sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How great Thou art, how great Thou art.

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing
Sent Thee to die, I scarce can take it in.
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing.
Thou bled and died to take away my sins.

And now you've come, I shout with acclamation
and brought me home, the joy that feels my heart!
I before Thee bow in humble adoration and here proclaim My God, how great Thou art!

My daughter Amber texted this to me the other day. I loved it so much that I wanted to store it in a place I will have it forever.

I had this thought yesterday & thought it was pretty cool. Maybe you’ve had something similar before.

Patience in the unto the sacrament. As I sat today in sacrament meeting, my kids wanted their boogie boards, like always I told them after the sacrament. After a bit they were getting restless & I was becoming less patient about it. I found myself thinking, “man it’s taking a long time for them to pass the sacrament”. Then I remembered that we were combined with 2 other wards...of course it would take awhile. As I sat & thought about that, the spirit impressed this thought upon my mind:

We wait & sit reverently as everyone has a chance to partake of the bread & water & let the atonement take effect in their life. Are we as patient & reverent about it in our everyday lives? Do we allow others the opportunity to grow & change in the same way through the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ? Or do we find fault, get irritated easily, and/or judge them, never allowing them to change? Just as we hopefully sit with the spirit through the sacrament portion of the meeting, so too, we should “sit” patiently as the atonement of Jesus Christ changes people...including ourselves.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Many a discussion could be had in the chapters that focus on the Anti-Nephi-Lehites, for me today, I focused on one word in one verse.

Alma 24:18 And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men, that they never would use weapons again for the shedding of man’s blood; and this they did, vouching and covenanting with God, that RATHER than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives; and RATHER than take away from a brother they would give unto him; and RATHER than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands.

Thought given to me today is that when giving up weapons of rebellion, weapons of pride, weapons of the spirit, we need to replace them with something good RATHER than risk the old weapon being picked up again; Perhaps that is part of the nature of burying the destructive weapons. 
But...(taken from an ensign Feb. 1995 pg 7) 
...these Saints eventually learned, as most of us do, that it is harder to live the gospel day by day than to die for it in an instant,
Rather than...give meaning or take away from those precious saints who gave all that day on the battlefield hundreds of years ago. I add this quote:

Spencer W. Kimball
“...Do not scoff and ignore these Nephite-Lamanites unless you can equal their forebears in greatness and until you can kneel with those thousands of Ammonite Saints in the sand on the field of battle while they sang songs of praise as their very lives were being snuffed out by their enemies.  Could you look heavenward, smiling and singing, while the bloodthirsty demons slashed your body with sword and scimitar?  Perhaps the children of the Ammonites are with us." (Conference Report, Apr. 1954, pp. 106-7)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

I'll Ask-ya in Alaska

Summer of 2012
I am attempting something that may or may not work out, due to time and computer constraints, but nonetheless I want to at least try! The past five weeks have been spent in or around Anchorage, Alaska. To say I am having a unique experience is almost an understatement. So, in an epiphany of sorts, I want to try to make the time to blog some of the reactions and comments from those whose doors I have knocked. They may bore any reader who decides to follow but I want to remember some of these experiences of asking in Alaska.

At times I have been shocked at the rude behavior of others and then moved to tears by others sense compassion and goodness. Few have made me laugh but there have been those times . Like one of my first customers. I walked up to his door and saw video surveillance camera already installed pointing directly at me, more than likely I was on video from the moment I walked up. My first thought was, I'm sure I'll never sell this guy but I just want to meet the guy whose set up the system, it was infra-red for crying out loud! I rang the doorbell and from the upstairs window came a voice saying "May I help you?" I can say I wasn't shocked when I saw he was in fatigues, of course an army guy would do something like this! t can't remember exactly what I said but he eventually came down and eventually bought the home automation system, which means the video surveillance equipment, why you might ask? Because he simply wanted to see who was leaving dirty dishes in the sink! He had tenants living with him and was tired of cleaning up the non-confessing culprit.
SP What’s in a name?
Alma 22: 16 “And now it came to pass that the king and those who were converted were desirous that they might have a name, that thereby they might be distinguished from their brethren; therefore the king consulted with Aaron and many of their priests, concerning the name that they should take upon them, that they might be distinguished.”

Throughout the scriptures we find significant teachings about taking upon name. Why, what’s in a name?
I suppose the significance lies in the purpose and meaning of whose name and what that name means to us. For the purpose of the Anti- Nephi-Lehi’s, they no longer wanted to be distinguished with the Lamanites; they had changed.

Can a name change us? No, but our choices and desires for taking upon that name, can.
As we take upon the most sacred name given to man, even Jesus Christ. May the love we have for Him and our desire to “take upon” ourselves His attributes and character be forever changing us, that we like the Anti-Nephi-Lehi’s have a desire to be distinguished from our old self, from the world,  that when we see Him, we will know Him, because we will be like Him and forever changed.